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Pack animals loaded with supplies or possibly ore on Missouri Pass. The rider may be Pete Mann.
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Verso: "burro train on Missouri Pass 1939"
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The arrastra has been used since the Phoenicians to grind ores, most often gold or silver. The construction involves a circular pit paved with flat stones. Large flat-bottomed drag stones are connected to a center post by a long arm. Using horse, mule or human power, the arm drags the large stones over the ore, crushing it. This arrastra at the Gold Bug Mine was powered by a waterwheel, clearly evident in the photograph. It is a cheap but effective...
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"Packstring with Pete Mann on Missouri Pass"
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MacDonald Knight standing on abandoned lumber on Francy Pass. The lumber was intended for the Gold Bug Mine gold mill building. When the bottom dropped out of mining in the area, supplies and equipment were abandoned in place. Front: "lumber on Fancy Pass;" verso: "lumber was for Gold Bug gold mill building. Don in picture."
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Verso: "Upper Cross Creek stamp mill 1939"
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MacDonald Knight on left with Harold Stoner and pack burros. This was the first prospecting trip in 1939. Knight taught school during the year and had his summers free to prospect. Front: "1st trip in '39 Gold Park, Don, Stoner"
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Verso: "Pete Mann who ran the pack string 12 miles from the Glengary mine to Gold Park; 22 tons packed out summer 1939"
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Verso: "Burro and friends at Holy Cross City '30's"
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MacDonald Knight and friends, prospecting in Gold Park. Front" "H.C.City gold rush '41;" Verso: "shot in Gold Park"
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Pete Mann using burros to pack ore out of the Glengarry Mine [standardized spelling from GNIS]. The Glengarry Mine (Holy Cross Mining District) is .76 mile from Holy Cross City and at an elevation of 11,414 ft. The mining season was short at this elevation. Verso: "Pete Mann with Burro string packing ore from Glengary mine, Summer 1940, Missouri Pass Summit"
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MacDonald Knight standing at the stamp mill house at Cross Creek in 1940. Verso: "stamp mill house Cross Creek 1940;" stamp: "Empire Zinc Div, the New Jersey Zinc Co., Gilman, Colorado"
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Gold Park and cabin with burros tethered under the trees. The burros were used to pack ore out of the Glengarry Mine. Verso: "Gold Park and burros 1939, packing ore from Glengary"
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Charles Eichaker, posed at a mine shaft at Homestake Creek. The ore car rails run up to the shaft. Front: "C. Iaker;" verso: "Mine shaft across Homestake Creek at Gold Park; we never worked it. Don"
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MacDonald Knight standing at the door of his cabin at Gold Park. To the left and behind the cabin is the ore bin. Ore was packed out on burros from the Glengary [Glengarry] mine to the ore bin and then transported by truck from there to Leadville. Verso: "our shack at Gold Park, ore bin in back of it; end of the line for pack string from the Glengary 1940 Don"
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Pickup for ore removal.